In an era of rapid technological change, the AZNext Junior Software Programmer Certificate Program, a collaborative effort between ASU’s CareerCatalyst and a major US automotive company, offers a comprehensive solution to the pressing need for workforce upskilling in technology.

This 13-week, part-time online learning experience is tailored for aspiring software developers, equipping them with crucial skills in information technology, security, Java programming and web development.

Designed by ASU faculty and industry professionals, the curriculum provides an accessible roadmap for learners to transition into entry-level software programming roles, regardless of their prior technology experience. The program combines live sessions, assignments and virtual office hours in a structured learning approach.

Recognizing the unique needs of each organization, the program offers flexibility and customization, enabling companies to align the learning experience with their specific operational contexts, thereby maximizing its relevance and impact. This leading car brand has played a pivotal role in shaping the automotive landscape and has a rich history of innovation, producing several iconic brands. 

In recent years, the company has invested heavily in research and development to introduce electric and autonomous vehicles, reflecting a forward-looking strategy. Their emphasis on sustainability is evident in initiatives such as the development of in-demand electric vehicles and the commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.


Embarking on an even bolder path to support the dynamic automotive landscape that focuses on innovation, sustainability and global market expansion, this auto firm wanted to design a program that would educate and inspire the targeted audience to unlock their tech career potential.

They needed to upskill their leaders responsible for driving this change, making significant strides in promoting sustainability as well as providing scalable solutions to help educate people towards the future of software development for initiatives such as electric vehicles and plans for self-driving vehicles, they aim to stay at the forefront of the industry.


The evolving automotive landscape and the need for upskilling leaders to drive innovation, AZ Next & this auto company collaborated with ASU's CareerCatalyst to design the Junior Software Programmer Certificate Program. This innovative program served as a strategic initiative to educate and inspire individuals to unlock their potential in the tech industry, aligning with the company's broader goals of staying at the forefront of the automotive industry by following certain design and planning for the program.

Industry Insights

Their involvement as an industry partner in the program brings real-world relevance to the curriculum. This ensures that participants are equipped with the specific skills and knowledge required in the ever-changing landscape of software development, aligning with their commitment to innovation.

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Key Employer Benefits 

Rapid Upskilling for Immediate Impact: The program rapidly equips employees with relevant technological skills, transforming staff into proficient software developers who can effectively contribute to organizational goals.

Staying Ahead in a Competitive Market: Rooted in real-world contexts, the curriculum ensures learners gain immediately applicable skills. This strategic approach keeps participating organizations at the forefront of innovation, vital for maintaining a competitive edge in the technology sector.

Customized Learning for Diverse Needs: Recognizing the unique needs of each organization, the program offers flexibility and customization, enabling companies to align the learning experience with their specific operational contexts, thereby maximizing its relevance and impact.

Structured Learning Approach 

The program partnered with ASU, one of the top business schools, W. P. Carey School of Business, and top-ranked engineering school, Fulton School of Engineering, offering a 13-week, part-time online learning experience with a mix of live sessions, homework assignments, and virtual office hours. This structured approach ensures that participants receive a well-rounded education and support throughout their learning journey. Program learning modules include:

Fundamentals of Information Technology: Learners explore essential IT terms and concepts, focusing on enhancing operational efficiency, tactical effectiveness and strategic competitiveness.

Security in Software Development: Learners delve into the critical field of cybersecurity within software engineering so they can understand and mitigate risks by applying core principles of information security. 

Introduction to Java Programming Language: Learners engage with the foundational elements of Java, including object-oriented and user interface programming, gaining skills to design and develop dynamic applications.

Introduction to Web Development: Learners master the creation of functional, user-friendly websites, preparing them to tackle modern web development challenges effectively.

Connect to grow with ASU 

Through ASU CareerCatalyst, ASU applies its unparalleled core of knowledge to develop world-class workforce education solutions designed to increase engagement, creativity and productivity for learners — while aligning to your business strategies and workforce needs. To learn how you can design and implement a scalable workforce education solution for your organization, contact ASU CareerCatalyst.